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Aadi Bhanti – The Genius Entrepreneur You Haven’t Heard About

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With the rise of the internet and infamous Youtube gurus, every high school student with a Shopify account thinks they’re an entrepreneur. This isn’t the case with Aadi Bhanti– the innovative and seemingly genius entrepreneur you haven’t heard about. 

Bhanti is a first generation American from Peoria, Illinois. He’s a co-founder of the revolutionary startup Source To Table in the ag-tech sector, as well as the all-around influencer agency called InfluenceUs. He’s known by his friends as a nomad- and enjoys meeting new people and networking. 

Here’s a quote from his friend from home, Cole Thierer: 

“Aadi lives in downtown Chicago, but he visits Peoria when he can. The kid is never in the State of Illinois and when he is it’s like for 10 hours. He just stops by and dips for meetings as he says. He’s a literal nomad.”

I asked Aadi about this nomadic reputation that he has and he completely acknowledged it. He’s one of those people that just loves in-person meetings and would rather get on a plane for hours than get on a free Zoom call. 

Regardless, the reason for all of his recent travels is for his work in the influencer industry. His company InfluenceUs Los Angeles doesn’t just operate in the influencer management space; they do Gen-Z campaigns, talent supply for TV, as well as merchandising and branding. 

Most management agencies stick to one, but Aadi had a different vision. He wanted to build a one stop shop for influencers and brands to collaborate and maximize their profits. Just like he did with Source To Table, he wanted to play on both sides of the field. His plan is and was to maximize revenue for himself by maximizing revenue for all sides of the transaction. 

To do this he invited his close friends Landon Brock, Sean Collar, and Lance Johnston to work on the project. With Aadi’s vision and his team who specialized in different things from graphic design to finance, they were ready to start. 

Within 6 hours they had 13 exclusive management clients and currently sit at about 90 exclusives and over 400 non-exclusive clients on the influencer side. They also have a brand database of 4500! None of these numbers would’ve been possible if Aadi’s passion for networking wasn’t a factor. 

InfluenceUs now runs creator retreat trips, a music promotions division, an entire team to work with record labels on music promotions, direct influencer management, brand campaigns, and even talent supply for various shows and networks. They are launching a content house with forms of revenue never seen before, as well as a record label in the near future. 

This new stream of revenue for the upcoming content house is top secret, but it is related to Bhanti’s newest startup- InfluenceX. InfluenceX is going to bring fin-tech to influencers and turn famous influencers into valuable assets. 

Do you think I’m done with everything he does yet?

I’m not. 

As you can see, Bhanti loves to challenge the status quo. He doesn’t care that most businesses don’t try to get on both sides of transactions, and he does not care that you think it’s wrong. It’s about maximizing profit for both sides by making them both the best they can be. 

You can see this principle in Source To Table, a business he co-founded with Keith Heiar in early 2019. They help the customers by providing them with a platform to buy meats at a rate which provides them with profit while making the process transparent, and providing customers with premium level meats with no warehousing. They help the farmers by giving them a place to sell, with room for their own margins. Source To Table is neither a customer nor a seller, they find the sellers and connect them with the buyers for a premium. 

This business model is making millions for many who have tried it, look at Uber and AirBnb. Uber owns no cars and AirBnb owns no real estate, yet they make their money by renting out driver services in cars and short term places to stay. 

When I asked Bhanti about those examples and what his exact thoughts on it were he said: 

“Well, this isn’t the only model I follow. I deal with everything influencers, and I have a tech startup in the works that doesn’t fit in. What I can say is that I have been in middle and high school and a phrase you hear often whether seriously or in jokes is “don’t get high off your own supply”. That’s just another example of how the model can work better than others. It minimizes risks and maximizes profits if done right. Who doesn’t like that?”

This was an interesting response at the very least but that’s what you can expect from this new wave of digital entrepreneurs. 

People like Aadi Bhanti do not give a damn about the $7500 suit you wear in the boardroom, he might even laugh at you. This generation of entrepreneurs would rather save the money and be more comfortable in jeans than flex on other middle aged men using Italian fabrics. They do not care that you think your age gives you experience and knowledge, because in the digital world it doesn’t at a certain point. 

My point is- do not underestimate the power of people like Aadi Bhanti. The young generation of trailblazing Gen-Z entrepreneurs are sharp, innovative, and most sadly for the competition; unapologetic. Winning is the goal and anything needed to get there is the plan of action for them. It’s time to give Gen-Z a real shot.

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ALFARO BEATS: YOUNG TRENDING PRODUCER FROM ARIZONA

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 Alfaro Beats is an on-the-rise music producer from Phoenix, Arizona. Since the age of 18, he has been creating productions and perfecting his craft. His career first began when he produced his first album with an AZ artist named “Dre Polo”. The project was called “Dear Summer”. His music speaks for itself, which is why he has worked with artists from all over the world, even known artists such as Wacotron, Yung Simmie, Slim 400, and others. He states “Took me 1 year to learn how to use fl studio, how to make the 808s bang, how to make a clap, have reverb and so on“. He is a self-made producer who teaches himself everything he needs to know about the industry. As a hardly known state where producers aren’t recognized or acknowledged, he would like to change the recognition of producers from Arizona. With dedication and patience, comes success. Music has helped Alfaro Beats therapeutically as a person who deals with anxiety. He states “Never forget that giving up is not an option.”

His musical talent has gotten his name well known around his area. After starting music he began selling his beats on platforms such as beatstars which has helped his music travel further and it even helped him land bigger placements. Currently, he is working on a new project with Wacotron to release this year. Being known throughout Arizona is amazing, but he plans to get his name to be a household name such as Londononthetrack, Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz, etc and it’s just a matter of time. Right now he is focused on growing his brand and continuing to get his music heard around the world. Alfaro Beats is a musical staple when it comes to Arizona and soon his music will be heard everywhere.

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Why “It Doesn’t Take Money To Make Money”, According To Social Media Star Ken Mack

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Ken Mack on site at a multimillion dollar LED manufacturing company which he acquired in Brazil

“It takes money to make money” – fact or fiction? We put the question to investor Ken Mack, and he tells us that this phrase is “total rubbish!”. Ken, who comes from humble beginnings, was born in the UK, in the country of Scotland. He now resides in multiple locations around the world, and is currently based in Dubai. The self made millionaire tells us how he started his journey 16 years ago. As he had no money to start with, he needed to find a creative way to create wealth without using any of his own money, simply because he didn’t have any. His quest for wealth led him to discover a strategy known as a leveraged buyout. 

A leveraged buyout is a strategy in which you can buy an existing successful business using other people’s money. One such example of a leveraged buyout is utilizing “seller finance” or “deferred consideration” to buy a profitable business. This is where you can agree a price to buy a business from the business owner and rather than paying up front, you can pay the seller over a set period of time by using the cash flow which the business generates. This effectively allows you to buy businesses without using any of your own money. This is the exact strategy that Mack used to create his wealth. 

Ken tells us “it doesn’t take money to buy a business, it takes strategy. Similarly it doesn’t take money to buy real estate, it takes strategy. For example, in Spain you can get a 113% mortgage which means that they [the bank] will pay you to borrow money. And again no deposit is required and the bank will even pay your buying fees.” Ken went on to give us several other strategies for wealth creation such as “rent to rent”. 

We asked Ken if having a mentor is essential for creating wealth. He told us that he cannot say it is essential as he did not have a mentor himself, when he started. However, “the kind of person who says that it takes money to make money, typically has a victim type mentality and they are the ones who could benefit from a mentor the most. Having a mentor will expedite your success and send you light years ahead”, according to Mack. 

Ken Mack now dedicates his time to coaching others to create wealth and he is aggressively working towards becoming “the greatest generational wealth coach of all time”. He tells us that he hopes to achieve this by sharing his real life experiences with normal people who can benefit from them and he believes that anyone can create generational wealth, just like him. As far as the phrase “It takes money to make money” goes, Ken leaves us in no doubt that in his opinion, this is most definitely not the case!

Also Read: Ken Mack & Coach JV Are Causing A Storm in Dubai, Following Meet Up with Fans

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How Cecilia And Shane Grizzard Tapped Into The Potential Of The Online Space

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Sometimes, people forget or are unable to claim packages from e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Target, or Walmart. Fortunately, these items don’t always go to waste, as people claim them as mystery packages that they open in hopes of finding something valuable. 

While the packages aren’t always what they seem to be, the people who acquire them find different opportunities to monetize them. Influencers even film themselves as they open the packages and guess their contents. 

Cecilia and Shane Grizzard were also interested in mystery boxes, but not for the reasons mentioned. They saw an opportunity to profit from them by tapping into the e-commerce industry. 

Growing In Numbers 

“Shane and I started our e-commerce career with liquidation pallets such as Target, Walmart, Amazon mystery boxes, etc. Then, we started buying truckloads of inventory from target overstocks such as baby items and furniture,” Cecilia said.  

Cecilia realized she wanted to enter the e-commerce industry after seeing that only a few people shop in stores, and the online shopping market is gaining popularity. She also wanted to relax a little from her travel job and run a business from home. 

After an interested customer bought an item from the couple, they created a group page on Facebook and started listing on the Facebook marketplace. Cecilia and Shane then shared their group page and got noticed by other consumers. 

The pair later decided to venture out and started on eBay. In just seven months, they made $75,000 in sales. Cecilia later told Shane to begin selling on Amazon, where they made $55,000 in sales in just one month, with $35,000 in profit. After seven months, the couple earned $140,000 in sales, with $75,000 in profit. 

“The more I share it on my Instagram, the more I get noticed. I was having people ask me for help constantly, which made me start my automation service, CS’ E-commerce,” Cecilia said. 

Starting An Automation Service 

Once the couple’s e-commerce business took off, and Cecilia shared more about it on her Instagram account, more people noticed their success and began asking for help in their e-commerce business. 

Seeing this as another opportunity to exercise her entrepreneurial skills, Cecilia started her automation service, CS’ E-commerce. 

“It takes capital to do $55,000 in sales with a $35,000 profit, but not a lot of people do that in e-commerce. That’s, sometimes someone’s yearly salary at a 9-5 job. I know I can change someone’s life with the automation services I offer,” Cecilia said. 

Check out Cecilia and Shane Grizzard’s Instagram account for more information. 

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